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Superintendent's Newsletter of October 28, 2022

Larkspur-Corte Madera School District


Dear LCMSD Community,


Parent and community partnerships are extremely important to us and are a critical component of LCMSD’s success. This week we held a math coffee chat and next week we have a CAASPP coffee chat. Additionally, it is important for you to know that a petition to transfer part of Reed Union School District attendance boundaries to LCMSD has been submitted by East Corte Madera residents. Below are the details. 


Thank you,


Dr. Brett Geithman



CAASPP Coffee Chat: 11/3

State testing results, also known as CAASPP, were released on October 24. Brett Geithman, Superintendent, and Daniel Norbutas, Senior Director of Ed Services, have prepared a detailed analysis that will be discussed during the coffee chat on November 3 from 8:30am-9:30am in Room E2 at Neil Cummins. All district families are welcome to attend and there will be time for questions. Additionally, this information will be presented to the Board on November 16 at 6:00pm in the Hall Library. We hope to see you there!


Math Coffee Chat Recap

We had a great turnout at this week’s coffee chat that focused on strategies to support your student in communicating their thinking when working on math at home. Here is the slide deck, here is the parent resource, and here is a brief video summary of the chat. Our next math parent workshop is scheduled for December 2nd at Hall from 8:30am-9:30am; all district families are welcome to attend. During this chat we will explain strategies your student might use when problem solving.  


East Corte Madera Residents Submit Redistricting Petition

On October 27 East Corte Madera residents submitted a petition to Mary Jane Burke, County Superintendent, to redistrict their neighborhood from Reed Union School District to LCMSD. Marin County Office of Education has forwarded the petition to the elections office. Signatures must be validated within 30 days. If the needed (25% of the territory being considered) signatures are valid, the redistricting process will commence which includes public hearings, review of the criteria to redistrict, school board discussions, and potentially a vote, among other steps. The redistricting flow chart can be found in this presentation to the LCMSD Board.  


Note, this process runs parallel to the current negotiations regarding interdistrict transfers between RUSD and LCMSD, where both districts have committed to good faith bargaining towards another five year agreement by December 1. LCMSD has been clear on our recommended solution since last spring that was presented at multiple Board Meetings, with the most recent on June 17 (click here for the details). We want an agreement that provides choice and continuity for all families in East Corte Madera, whether their preference is RUSD or LCMSD.


We will keep you informed of both processes as they continue.


Board of Trustees

Annie Sherman, President

Eric Schmautz, Vice President

Monica Cañas, Clerk

Amir Movafaghi

Sarah Mueller